I couldn't have been more impressed with our stay at the Riad Safa. Francois is such a friendly, welcoming lady and put so much effort into helping us feel comfortable and helping in all ways she could. As two young women we were a little nervous of travelling in Morocco but she quickly made us feel at ease and gave us all the advice and information we would need in order to keep safe and find our way around. The Riad provided us with maps of the local Medina which is so chaotic and without them we would have been completely lost for how to navigate - maps we'd brought from home didn't explain in enough detail the markets and alleys. The location was perfect for us - we wanted to be amidst the action of the Medina and we very much were, the Riad is just seconds from streets of noise and colour and culture. However, once the front door is shut, the chaos disappears as the Riad itself is so peaceful - it really is the perfect place to escape to at the end of the day whilst never being far from the action. I really cannot highly enough commend the service we recieved - Francois was always willing to help us organise our excursions and let us borrow the telephone to make some local calls to confirm. She also recommended restaurants which were incredible!
The only small comment I would make is in no way a criticism but a reassurance - upon arrival we were met by Abdul who walked us from our taxi to the Riad. We were not aware who we were going to be meeting or where we were going and were quickly led down some dark alleyways (we arrived in the evening) by a man we hadn't heard of, which as two girls of 19 and 20 was a little unnerving. However we were so wrong to worry as he brought us to the beautiful Riad and really was the loveliest man. Just to reassure anybody in future - do not feel nervous when you get lead down the alleys, I promise you are on your way to a beautiful, peaceful Riad hosted amazingly and you will feel silly for worrying once you are there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome at Riad Safa, a true haven of peace in the exciting Medina of Marrakesh.Riad Safa is located in one of the last authentic parts of the old city (medina), with some of the major cultural institutions just around the corner, and ten minutes by foot from the famous Jemaa el Fna square.Safa means serenity or pureness in Arabic, and it is our aim to provide you with a feeling of pure wellness during the longer or shorter time you stay with us. The atmosphere therefore, is very quiet. Even at the moments that the Imam of the neighbouring Mosque spreads his prayers over us; then you feel the mistery of the East and the presence of the languorous city.We speak English, French and Dutch and we love to help with everything you would want to be assisted with; whether it is a transfer from or to the airport, the booking of an excursion, or to have you accompanied safely home through the myriad of narrow alleys by our helpfull staff, after a 1001-night dinner in the medina.We want you to feel comfortable, and at home with us.Affordable luxury, that is what we want to offer you.Marrakesh is a bustling and buzzy city, so it is nice to know that after a tiring day of shopping in the souks (covered markets) or a visit to one of the palaces, you can immerse yourself in the lovely quiet of our Riad, and relax in one of the intimate "salons" or, during spring and summer, cool down at the small rooftop pool with a dewy glass.At night we offer a delicious "table d'hotes" in a romantic setting on the roofterrace, or indoors, just as you prefer.In-house hammam & wellness • we have a small hammam on the rooftopterrace, which you can book• on demand we can arrange for scrubs, massage, facials, pedicure and manicure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Safa Hotel Marrakech